3. ‘Is My Equipment Dialed in?’
Downhill skiers trust their technicians to fine-tune their skis to the day’s snow conditions—but fear of the unknown is hard to ignore.
“It’s the only thing you’re subconsciously thinking about,” Ganong says. “If it’s ice, you can go into the turn more aggressively and push into the ski; if the snow is soft, you’ll know the ski won’t react as well.”
The right (or wrong) pair of boots can make a huge difference, too.
“As a ski racer you have up to 10 pairs of boots,” Bennett says.
Though there’s usually one you gravitate toward after hours of training, he says. It’s in the way the boot flexes, the fit’s dialed in, and if the canting is in a good place to make micro-adjustments.
Whatever the reason: “Once you’ve acquired this pair, these boots will never leave your possession throughout the season—ever,” Bennett adds.
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